Wake up! Let us look within and around us, and understand what we are seeing and what our senses are telling us! Satan is working to steal all that our God has given us! He will try to lie, destroy, rob, and deceive us. The Lord Jesus Christ is present in His children to bring the hidden things of satan to light and make us overcomers. “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
This morning I had an unusual experience. For the past three or four days I was conscious of a strong feeling and a constant nervousness within my soul and spirit. I wondered if it was physical. I was restless, and it was difficult for me to deeply pray or think. I began to question whether my physical frailty and weakness of body is a stumbling block to my present calling from God. I am turning eighty-five and I began to question my ability to fulfill God’s promises to me. I never once thought of the “gnawing” within me as a supernatural spirit from satan. It was beginning to take a toll upon me. I prayed last night, asking God to remove whatever was causing the feelings within me. I accepted it as natural because I could not define it. “Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord comes, who will both bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the counsels of the hearts; and then each one’s praise will come from God” (1 Corinthians 4:5).
I awakened this morning and prayed for God’s blessings upon today’s weekly prayer meeting. I felt a great responsibility to be prayed up and to be used by God. I began to pray for the Lord to anoint me and help me overcome anything that would hold me back from being God’s vessel. It was then that I began to hear the Spirit of the Lord speaking within me. This is what He said: “MY CHILD, I HAVE CARED FOR YOU FROM YOUR BIRTH AND HAVE ALWAYS DELIVERED YOU FROM SATAN’S DESTRUCTIONS. I REVEALED MY SON TO YOU IN YOUR YOUTH, AND I HAVE LOVED AND CARED FOR YOU AS YOU WALKED IN MY FOOTSTEPS. I HAVE BLESSED YOU RICHLY AND DELIVERED YOU FROM CRITICAL SICKNESSES. YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED MY MIRACLES AND UNDERSTAND MY GREAT LOVE AND FAITHFULNESS TO YOU. I USED YOU IN MY KINGDOM FOR MY GLORY. I MADE YOU STRONG AND LIFTED YOU ABOVE YOUR WEAKNESSES. CAN YOU NOT BELIEVE THAT ALL THE THINGS I HAVE PROMISED YOU FOR YOUR FUTURE ARE “TRUTH” AND ALL WILL COME TO PASS AS I HAVE SPOKEN TO YOU? I WILL DELIVER YOU FROM THE “BELLIGERENT” SPIRIT THAT HAS BEEN WARRING IN YOUR MIND AND SPIRIT. (Webster’s Dictionary defines “belligerent” as “waging war.”) At that moment I knew I had been under a significant siege by satan and had not recognized it. All glory unto Him who supplies our every need and makes us more than overcomers!!
The war before us can only be “won” by our strong engagement of the enemy (satan) through God’s power and authority. The battle can be lost by simply doing nothing! Satan has declared all out war on God’s children. All Godliness and righteousness are under attack. Our warfare is not against flesh and blood, but against diabolic forces. We war against principalities, evil powers, the rulers of the darkness of this age, and against spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places. In the face of the battles we face, we have received awesome news! “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
This is a scriptural definition of what we are facing! “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12). Our warfare is against the evil forces of satan, but the Godly forces of Christ are present to deliver us. “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). Who is greater? We are, because of the power of Christ in us. He has given us everything needed to overcome satan. Overcoming satan is the work of every child of God!
We are given authority over satan! If we do not exert that authority, satan will win by default. This is the gravest hour of our generation! Satan is trying to remove the rulership of God from over us. If we do not have faith in the “authority” of God and His right to bestow it upon His children, we are powerless. God has given us “authority” over the powers of darkness, but authority is worthless if not exercised. “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19).
There are very real forces of darkness behind the darkness we see all around us. All of these forces are motivated and empowered by satan. They are ordered to move against the freedom, light, and truth of God. Spiritual darkness, corruption of the soul, unrighteousness, and wickedness haven’t just suddenly appeared, formed out of nothing. They are the works and substance of the “spirits of the darkness of this age and the spiritual hosts of wickedness.” We must put on the whole armor of God in order to stand against the wiles of the devil. We have been warned by God about satan’s work and power against us. This is not a truth to be ignored!! This is truth for this hour! Victory over satan requires a decision to battle his forces! Our faith and trust in God will determine the outcome of the battle.
We cannot wrestle against satan in our flesh alone! We must be born again to fight the prince of this world. We overcome him through the blood of the lamb and our testimony. “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” (1 John 5:4). “You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4).
Satan would try to remove God’s name from the earth. He is very bold and has made diabolic plans for all who believe his lies. “Then the devil, taking Him (CHRIST) up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, ‘All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours’”(Luke 4:5-7).
As long as we don’t believe that satan and his principalities and powers are working to gain our soul for the kingdom of darkness, we can be deceived and satan wins! We have a very real enemy fighting against us and the world in which we live. We are also going to have to wrestle satan and his evil powers for the world around us. If we allow it, he will turn our world and nation into a “godless” kingdom ruled by him. “Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, ‘Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death’” (Revelation 12:10).
The Spirit of the Lord is saying within me, “STAND YOUR WATCH, MY PEOPLE. GIVE NO GROUND TO THE ENEMY! HE HAS SURROUNDED YOU AND ATTACKED OUT OF HIS DARKNESS. NOW, I WILL BEGIN TO UNCOVER HIS WORKS. THIS IS THE DAY OF THE LORD’S ANGER. I WILL DESTROY SATAN’S PLANS AND MAKE KNOWN HIS INTENTIONS TO DESTROY, KILL, AND ROB YOUR SOUL, AND PREVENT HIS PLANS TO RULE OVER YOU AND YOUR NATION. I WILL NOT ALLOW SATAN TO USURP MY RULERSHIP OVER MY CHILDREN. NO ONE CAN PLUCK YOU OUT OF MY HANDS. HE WILL TRY TO DESTROY ALL THAT PERTAINS TO LIFE AND GODLINESS. “Understand, you senseless among the people; and you fools, when will you be wise? He who planted the ear, shall He not hear? He who formed the eye, shall He not see? He who instructs the nations, shall He not correct, does He who teaches man lack knowledge? The LORD knows the thoughts of man, that they are futile” (Psalm 94:8-11). SATAN IS NO MATCH FOR MY SPIRIT AND POWER. FIGHT SATAN THROUGH PRAYER AND YOUR LOVE AND OBEDIENCE TO ME. SPEAK TO THE WORLD, “THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.”
Let us pray: Dearest Savior, deliver us from all evil. You are our Lord! Come and rule over us. Cleanse and purify us. Make us ready to be used in Your kingdom for Your glory. Clearly show us the hidden things of darkness around us. Give us “light” so we can shine as a beacon for You. Help us to be “faithful” always, and “stand up” at all times for You through our words and actions. May we love Your appearing and be ready to meet You in the air. Amen.